Franklin Police offer two active shooter emergency response seminars for citizens

(Video shows previous, pre-pandemic classes. Class sizes now limited & socially distanced)

UPDATE: Seminars full — more date/time options will be announced at http://www.FranklinPDnews.com soon. 

The Franklin Police Department has scheduled two, free 1.5 hour seminars designed to help keep citizens safe during the unthinkable.

Because community preparedness can help save lives, Franklin Police want to share information on three main, national best practices:
Avoid, Deny, Defend.

The seminars are free and open to the public
-pre-registration is required-
Class size for each offering is limited to 20

Presentation2WHEN
Wednesday, February 9
10-11:30 am
or
Thursday, February 10
6-7:30 pm

WHERE
FPD Headquarters | 900 Columbia Avenue

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Franklin parents, teens, employers, school and church leaders,
any member of the Franklin community.

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or go to http://www.franklintn.gov/seminar

 

No cameras or recording devices will be allowed into the seminar. Media wishing to interview Franklin Police staff, instructors, or attendees need to make prior arrangements with Franklin Police Public Affairs, Lt. Charles Warner.

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Part-time opportunity: Franklin Police now hiring school crossing guards

School Patrol PromoThe Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard.

School Patrol team members work part-time hours and are responsible for pedestrian safety & efficient traffic flow in school zones.

The ideal applicant is assertive but kind, and able to work in varying weather conditions.

Starting pay is $18.85/hour 

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Tips on avoiding tech support schemes, from our friends at Age Well Middle Tennessee

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), tech support schemes are on the rise and 66% of all reports from 2020 were from older adults 60+. In this instance, criminals may pose as a company’s representatives offering to help with issues regarding your bank account, email, or computer software.

The FBI reports that the first contact can occur in many different ways.

  • Telephone: You receive an unsolicited telephone call from a criminal impersonating computer support, bank representatives/support, and utility companies.
  • Search Engine Advertising: Don’t search online to find support numbers, visit the company’s direct website. Criminals pay to have their fraudulent company’s link show higher in search results hoping victims will choose one of the top links in search results.
  • Pop-up message: When an on-screen pop-up message claiming a virus was found on their computer. The message requests the victim call a phone number associated with the fraudulent tech support company.
  • Email: You receive an email warning of support subscription expiration or a potentially fraudulent charge on their account. The victim is encouraged to contact the fraudulent support via phone.

Tips to Protect Against Tech Support

  • Legitimate customer, security, or tech support companies will not initiate unsolicited contact with individuals; nor, demand immediate payment, or require payment via prepaid cards, wire transfers, or mailed cash.
  • Install ad-blocking software that eliminates or reduces pop-ups and mal-vertising, which are online ads that incorporate or install malware. Ensure all computer anti-virus, security, and malware protection is up to date.
  • Be cautious of customer support numbers obtained via open-source searching. Phone numbers listed in a “sponsored” results section might be boosted because of Search Engine Advertising.
  • Resist the pressure to act quickly. Criminals will urge the victim to act fast to protect their device. Legitimate companies will allow time for a person to process and research any questions.
  • Never give unknown, unverified persons remote access to devices or accounts.

(Information courtesy Council on Aging)

Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Nick Grandy retires at Christmas

Officer Nick Grandy began his career with the Franklin Police Department in 1996. He quickly fell in love with serving others after first signing on as a reserve officer in 1993.

In addition to his current assignment as an Evening Shift Patrol Officer, through the years Grandy has been instrumental as a Field Training Officer and member of the Department’s SWAT team. “God has blessed me with a great family to work with at the FPD, and a great community that loves and supports their police officers,” said Grandy. “It has been an honor and pleasure to work with the men and women of the FPD, and to protect and serve the City of Franklin.”

“His retirement creates a void in the FPD family,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will miss Officer Grandy, and his dedicated, professional service to the people of Franklin.”

Officer Grandy plans on spending his retirement years working on his small farm and spending more time with family. Nick’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of serving alongside him.

COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS & CITIZENS CAN LEAVE THEIR SENTIMENTS AND WELL-WISHES FOR OFFICER grandy BY POSTING THEM IN OUR LEAVE A REPLY FIELD, BELOW.
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Congratulations to recently sworn-in and promoted members of the Franklin Police Department

(Left to right) Sgt. Zach Wolfe, Det. Daniel Ogilvie, Ofc. Evelyn Williams, Ofc. Todd Henderson, Ofc. Tyler Munford, Mari Brooks, Nicole Sears (not pictured: Det. John Toman)

The Department recently celebrated the promotion of five members, at a ceremony at Franklin Police Headquarters.

Detective Zach Wolfe was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Officers John Toman and Daniel Ogilvie were promoted to Detective, Mari Brooks to Records Supervisor, and Nicole Sear to Senior Records Technician.

Sworn-in after recently completing the police academy, Officer Todd Henderson, Officer Tyler Munford, and Officer Evelyn Williams, are all excited to begin serving the Franklin community.

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Thank you, Franklin! Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley FPD Christmas Toy Drive huge success thanks to big-hearted citizens

Big-hearted citizens made the 2021 Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley FPD Christmas Toy Drive a huge success. Franklin Police Officers got to play Santa today, getting these special, hand-crafted toyboxes to 10 Franklin families. Thanks to generous residents, officers had enough toys to fill the 10 boxes, and then some!

From the entire Franklin Police team:
Thank you, Franklin, and Merry Christmas! 

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Holiday crime-prevention safety reminders

 

Franklin Police want to remind citizens to park smart! Thieves love crowded parking lots and are known to randomly check door handles for unlocked car doors while peering into windows to see what’s inside. Even if you lock your car doors, when crooks see valuables inside, they often force entry by breaking a lock or window. Once inside, thieves push the trunk release to check for purses or other stowed valuables. Police recommend never leaving purses or other valuables in a parked car. Safeguarding a community is everyone’s responsibility, and citizens play a big role in deterring crime.

Ways to stay informed:

  • FranklinPDnews.com: You can opt-in with your email address to get email alerts the moment Franklin Police publish new information.
  • Follow Franklin Police on Twitter
  • Subscribe to Nixle Citizen Alerts to get information that Franklin Police need residents to know about & take immediate action on. Those alerts are few and far between…probably less than a dozen a year. Just text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in.
  • Nextdoor.com: Search for your neighborhood and opt-in. Franklin Police share geographically-based info there when they need to get word to a specific neighborhood or two.
  • If you’ve ever been curious about what crime looks like in and around your Franklin neighborhood, you can visit Franklin PD’s CityProtect.com and enter your address. The search is highly customizable, so you can get a good understanding of recent and historical incidents in areas of town that matter most to you.

Crime Prevention Tips:

  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, i.e. purses, packages, backpacks, phones, computers, tablets, money, credit cards, guns, etc.
  • If you have visitors staying at your home or in a nearby hotel, have them bring their belongings in, especially at night.
  • Lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave your vehicle running & unattended.
  • Keep deliveries from being stolen by package thieves by having them delivered to your work or stay-at-home neighbor’s house instead of having them left, unattended, on your front porch.
  • Avoid setting your purse or wallet in a shopping cart, and be sure to keep your purse zipped or snapped.

If you see or hear anything that seems suspicious,
call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513.

Going out of town?
Let Franklin Police keep an extra eye on your home,
it’s a free service!


Franklin Police Department
Protecting, connecting.
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Time to renew: Franklin PD offers online registration & renewal for alarm permits

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Did you know that the City of Franklin requires residents and businesses to register their alarm system, and renew once a year? Now you can do both online. Just visit the Franklin Police Department’s website, and click on the alarm registration & renewal button.

A letter was recently mailed to currently-registered alarm owners, reminding that renewal is due every December. The cost of alarm registration and renewal is as follows.

  • Initial Alarm Registration $10.00
  • Alarm Registration Renewal $5.00

False alarm activations within a calendar year may result in fines, per occurrence, as designated by municipal code.

  • 1-4     $0.00
  • 5-6     $25.00
  • 7+      $50.00

If you would rather mail in your payment than pay online, checks should be made payable to the City of Franklin and sent to:

Franklin Police Department
Attn: Records

900 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064-2832

Existing alarm permits will expire if not renewed before January 1. For additional information, contact the Franklin Police Department Records Section at (615) 791-3234.

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Franklin Police Officers recently recognized for excellence in public safety

Three Officers accounted for 46% of the Department’s 260 DUI arrests in 2020. Officer Aaron Moore, Master Patrol Officer Wesley Johnson, and Master Patrol Officer Michael Oliver all work the Department’s midnight shift, where impaired driving seems most prevalent.

The officers were recently recognized by MADD, at their annual Nashville banquet, for their impressive efforts to combat impaired driving. These officers have worked diligently to protect the streets of Franklin from impaired drivers and spent countless hours in court with the hope of reducing injuries and deaths caused by such an avoidable crime.

According to MADD, there are 10,265 deaths a year from impaired driving (that’s 28 deaths a day or 1 death every 51 minutes). More than 290,000 people are injured each year by impaired drivers.

Two other officers were recently recognized for their efforts in traffic safety. Officers J.P. Sullivan Tuck and Officer Joe LeCates were honored by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for their vigilant enforcement of Tennessee’s hands-free law, and for stopping and citing drivers who overtake stopped school busses with their lights flashing and stop signs extended.

Kudos to the Franklin Police team for their traffic safety efforts that help keep Franklin roads safe.

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Franklin PD Now Hiring: Police Records Technicians

The Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Records Technician.

Records Technicians are full-time employees who maintain Department records, and work closely with members of the community: in person, on the phone, and online.

The ideal applicant is proficient with computers and committed to ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction.

Pay is $16.45 – $17.90/hour
Paid time off, excellent benefits

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